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FRIDAY - JULY 7, 2006 - ISSUE NO. 219

Dear friends of Wireless Messaging,

The newsletter is a little late today. I took a few days off for the Fourth-of-July Holiday and got a little behind.

The rumor mill has been quiet this week. Maybe the one I heard last week about a major acquisition taking place was not true. Please let me know if you hear anything.

Disaster Alert Paging Is Not A New Idea
Ron Lawrence, the owner of Page 1 —a West Virginia paging and voice mail provider, sent me a copy of a Zetron Advantage newsletter published in September of 2002. It is so pertinent to today's issues that I decided to re-print it for you. It's at the bottom of page two. Check it out. Zetron was the first company to support this newsletter through paid advertising. They have many quality products for the Wireless Messaging industry. All readers are encouraged to visit the Paging section of Zetron's web site, and to be familiar with their product offerings.

The Katrina Panel NPRM was published in today's Federal Register specifying that comments are due by August 7th and replies are due by August 21st. [Thanks to AAPC.] We all need to get involved in this issue by expressing our belief in the value of paging technology for emergency alerting.

Nighthawk Systems is providing several kinds of equipment that can be used for Emergency Alerting. A news release about their terrific new Tsunami Alerting System follows on this page. Also — please see their new ad on page two.

Cellfire sends discount coupons to cell phones and gets paid by the issuing company. We could do this with alphanumeric pagers too.

Don't miss the following AAPC announcement that we will be participating in the upcoming Enterprise Wireless Alliance fall event in Orlando, Florida. (September 26–28)

Now on to more news and views.

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There is no charge for subscription and there are no membership restrictions. Readers are a very select group of wireless industry professionals, and include the senior managers of many of the world's major Paging and Wireless Data companies. There is an even mix of operations managers, marketing people, and engineers—so I try to include items of interest to all three groups. It's all about staying up-to-date with business trends and technology. I regularly get reader's comments, so this newsletter has become a community forum for the Paging, and Wireless Data communities. You are welcome to contribute your ideas and opinions. Unless otherwise requested, all correspondence addressed to me is subject to publication in the newsletter and on my web site. I am very careful to protect the anonymity of those who request it.

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AAPC co-sponsors Enterprise Wireless 2006 

September 26–28, The Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando, Florida

AAPC wants to help you grow your business. We are pleased to be participating in the upcoming Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) fall event. Our members will receive member rates for registration and participating as an exhibitor. This opportunity will expose you to adjacent markets and hopefully additional customers. Additional details will be posted on the AAPC web site, www.pagingcarriers.org

join aapcA proven wireless advocate since 1953, the Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) is able to offer an exceptional program at Enterprise Wireless 2006 of regulatory updates, technology, compelling industry forecasts and expert speakers in what it takes to make wireless communications truly productive, co-sponsored by USMSS.  No other show will bring together such major educational opportunities — essential regulatory information and analysis, a broad range of wireless technology and an exclusive focus on your important customer — the enterprise business user of wireless communications. 

AAPC Participates in ATSI Convention

Several AAPC representatives just returned from participating in the annual Association of TeleServices International (ATSI) in Portland, ME. This was an excellent opportunity to gain exposure for AAPC, promote the benefits of the paging industry, and solicit a few new members.

Members — We want to help you promote your company in the newsletter, please submit content to info@pagingcarriers.org.

AAPC — working with you to advance your business and the paging industry! 

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Advantra—INILEX   Minilec Service, Inc.
Aquis Communications, Inc. Nighthawk Systems, Inc.
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Daniels Electronics  Product Support Services
Daviscomms USA  Ron Mercer
EMMA—European Mobile Messaging Association  Texas Association of Paging Services
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GTES LLC  Unication USA
Hark Systems  USA Mobility, Systems Application Division
Heartland Communications  WiPath Communications
HMCE, Inc.  Zetron Inc.

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SAN ANTONIO, TX – 7/7/06- Nighthawk Systems, Inc. (OTC BB: NIHK), a leading provider of intelligent wireless power control and emergency notification products, announced today that it is responding to requests for effective and innovative solutions for emergency notification.  The loss of life associated with the rash of natural disasters such as tornados, hurricanes and tsunamis over the past few years has emergency response personnel and communication systems integrators looking for effective, yet practical methods for alerting citizens who may be in harm’s way.

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Winchester Bay, Oregon hosts thousands of visitors a year that would need to be notified of an emergency.  Tsunami sirens are being installed all along the coast by Day Wireless that are controlled by Nighthawk Systems products.

Decisions are being made at the local level to implement new methods of alerting the public, as city and county officials are most directly responsible for the safety of citizens in their area.  In many cases, local agencies and officials are looking for ways to utilize existing public or private communications infrastructure to enhance their alerting capabilities.  In Douglas County, Oregon, Day Wireless is working with the county to utilize Nighthawk Systems equipment and the county’s existing private paging network to activate tsunami sirens that are being installed by the county.

Danny Thompson of Day Wireless stated, “This is the first step in advancing our emergency notification system and we believe the solution provided by Nighthawk Systems is very cost-effective and reliable.  As a network communications specialist, we believe paging provides the most reliable form of communication during emergency situations.  The integration of Nighthawk’s products with the county’s 911 CAD system will leave Douglas County better equipped to provide timely warnings to the public.”

Inquiries made by paging companies in the tornado-plagued Midwest also have Nighthawk preparing solutions for in-building and in-house alerting.  Recent tornado-related tragedies have reminded officials that most alerting mechanisms are inadequate.  While the ability to detect storms has improved, the ability to alert those in a storm’s path has not.  Most warnings are distributed over radio and TV broadcasts, which accomplishes little if such warnings occur at night.  Paging networks cover over 90% of the US population, and provide the only communications network that will simultaneously deliver a message to multiples points.  Studies have shown that emergency situations, such as the tsunami threat to the western U.S. coastal area in the summer of 2004 lead to the failure of traditional landline and cellular networks. 

Utilizing their proprietary Nighthawk logic board, Nighthawk products placed in homes and buildings in the path of a storm could be activated using private or public paging networks.  These devices could include alarms and/or lights, and would be capable of printing or displaying messages. 

H. Douglas Saathoff, Nighthawk’s Chief Executive Officer, stated, “There is a reason why first responders and emergency personnel continue to utilize paging technology today – it has proven to be more reliable than other communication methods in times of crisis.  We want local officials to know that underutilized networks exist today that can be used to save lives.  It is our goal to provide equipment that will extend the use of those networks beyond emergency personnel and into homes and businesses.”

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Nighthawk is a leading provider of intelligent wireless power control products that enable simultaneous activation or de-activation of multiple assets or systems on demand. Nighthawk's installed customer base includes major electric utilities, internet service providers and fire departments in over 40 states. Nighthawk's products also enable custom message display, making them ideal for use in traffic control and emergency notification situations.  

Individuals interested in Nighthawk Systems can sign up to receive email alerts by visiting the Company’s website at www.nighthawksystems.com.

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FCC UPDATES APPROACH FOR ASSESSING CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE FEDERAL UNIVERSAL SERVICE FUND

At its meeting on June 21, 2006, the FCC modified its rules governing contributions to the Universal Service Fund (USF) so as to increase the level of contributions by the telecommunications industry. First, the FCC increased the interstate "safe harbor" for cellular and PCS carriers from 28.5% to 37.1%, although it continued to afford carriers the right to report actual interstate revenues, and to estimate on the basis of traffic studies in lieu of using the "safe harbor" percentage to determine interstate revenues. Second, the FCC imposed the obligation to contribute to the USF upon providers of interconnected voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service. The FCC likewise afforded VoIP providers the option to use a 64.9% "safe harbor" interstate revenue calculation, or to report actual interstate revenues, or to employ traffic studies to measure their interstate revenues.

OF PARTICULAR SIGNIFICANCE TO ALL PAGING CARRIERS NOT UTILIZING THE 12% PAGING "SAFE HARBOR" -- EVEN THOSE PAGING CARRIERS CLAIMING THE DE MINIMIS EXEMPTION -- THE FCC SIGNIFICANTLY TIGHTENED ITS RULES ON USING STUDIES TO ESTIMATE INTERSTATE REVENUES. ALL PAGING CARRIERS NOT USING THE 12% "SAFE HARBOR" FOR REPORTING PURPOSES SHOULD CONSULT WITH THEIR INDIVIDUAL COUNSEL TO DETERMINE WHETHER THE NEW RULES ADVERSELY AFFECT THE VALIDITY OF THEIR STUDY PROCEDURES AND QUARTERLY USF REPORTING PRACTICES ON FCC FORM 499Q. THE NEWLY TIGHTENED RULES ARE EFFECTIVE FOR THE NEXT FORM 499Q QUARTERLY REPORT DUE AUGUST 1, 2006.

This alert does not constitute the offering of legal advice to any recipient. All affected companies should consult with their respective individual counsel and should be guided solely by the advice rendered by such counsel.

Reference: FCC News Release

Source: Courtesy of the AAPC


20 minutes to respond to fire

Radio problem, confusion over address hold up firefighters

By ANDREA ZIMMERMANN
STAFF WRITER
Published Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Springfield firefighters took almost 20 minutes to reach a burning home near Lake Springfield on Monday morning because of a failed radio transmitter and, apparently, because firefighters got lost.

Ald. Frank Edwards, who retired in 2002 as Springfield fire chief and represents the area on the Springfield City Council, said he plans to conduct his own investigation into the missteps.

The fire at the home of Mark and Mary Bennett at 11 Fairview Lane was reported to the Sangamon County 911 system by several people - including Edwards - shortly after 7:30 a.m.

The first glitch occurred in communications between the 911 center and the Springfield Fire Department.

Mallorie Teubner, executive director of the Sangamon County 911 Dispatch System, said the radio transmitter used to dispatch the trucks failed. A daily pager test at 7:30 a.m. showed everything to be working fine, she said, but the transmitter quit working sometime between the test and 7:35:37 a.m., the end of the first 911 call about the fire.

Unaware of any problem, the dispatcher sent a page out at 7:38 a.m. Although Springfield firefighters didn't hear the call, it was received by the Chatham Fire Department, which also responds to fire and medical calls in the Lake Springfield area.

Teubner said the problem went unnoticed until firefighters at Station 11, which is on Toronto Road about 1 1/2 miles from the fire, called trying to understand why their computer showed them responding to the fire even though they hadn't heard a page.

The delay amounted to about six minutes, said deputy division chief Bob Reside, spokesman for the city fire department.

Chatham firefighter Jim Gerberding said his department's trucks had reached the house by 7:49 a.m. Reside said city firefighters had arrived by 7:53 a.m.

Teubner said Monday was the first time the county's new paging system has failed since technicians corrected some problems just after its installation in February.

Mary Bennett said she was standing outside her home watching the fire envelop her garage and part of the house while her husband tried to fight the flames with water from a garden hose.

The Bennetts and neighbors who came to help said they could hear fire engine sirens nearby, and Bill Branham of 13 Fairview said he realized the engines had gone to the wrong street.

Branham got into his car and found the trucks on Second Street near West Fairview Lane. He said he flagged them down and led the trucks to the correct address.

Fairview Lane and West Fairview Lane hug the north side of Lake Springfield west of the Interstate 55 frontage road and just east of the Girl Scouts' Camp Widjiwagan. Although the two roads are basically separate streets, odd-numbered addresses are on Fairview, while even numbers are on West Fairview.

The fire destroyed the garage and some of the house, Reside said. The damage was estimated at about $100,000, he said.

Investigators think the fire started near the lakeshore, where a citronella candle had been left sitting on railroad ties, Reside said. From the shore, the fire is thought to have traveled up the ties and though nearby leaves about 60 feet to the back of the house.

Mary Bennett said she, her husband and their three sons - two 16-year-old twins and a 12-year-old - might stay in a hotel or with family until more things are figured out. The family had just finished remodeling the home.

Adding to the confusion, the Bennetts' property was annexed into the city of Springfield on Friday, but fire department records apparently hadn't been updated by Monday. That meant the Chatham department took priority on the call.

Many lakeshore properties are coming up for annexation in the next few years, said Kim Curry, secretary of the Springfield Lake Shore Improvement Association.

"People are afraid," she said. "They are wondering if this will happen to them."

Edwards, who spent 25 years as a firefighter, said he called 911 after he saw the smoke while driving that morning.

"If there wasn't a problem, then what happened and what was the breakdown?" Edwards said. "When you've got smoke that is 500 feet in the air ... I'm utterly dumbfounded that (the firefighters) would get lost."

Edwards said he has asked for transcripts from the 911 calls.

"We will get this all sorted out. We will listen to the tapes, and we will get the time sequence, and the facts will tell us."

Andrea Zimmermann can be reached at788-1525 or andrea.zimmermann@sj-r.com.

Source: The State Journal-Register Online, Springfield, Illinois


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Prism Paging

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Prism Message Gateway Systems
Modular and Configurable

Your Choice of Options

  • Radio Paging Terminals
  • Voicemail Systems
  • E-mail and Network Text Messaging Systems
  • Digital Trunk Switching Systems
  • Digital Trunk and Voicemail Concentrators
  • Remote Network Encoders
  • TNPP Network Routers

Popular Choice for Domestic and International

  • Commercial Paging Carriers
  • Private Paging Systems
  • Hospitals
  • Public Safety
  • Federal, State and Local Government
  • Industrial Paging
  • Energy Companies – Load Management

Logical Choice

  • Replace Outdated, UNLICENSED Paging Terminals
  • Eliminate Outrageously High Support Costs
  • Add New Paging System with ALL THE FEATURES
  • Provide Your Customers With Features They Want
  • Designed and Supported by Industry Experts

Go ahead . . . be choosy . . . choose Prism Systems International


Contact
Prism Paging
300 Colonial Center Parkway,
Suite 100
Roswell, Georgia 30076 USA
Telephone: 678-353-3366
Internet: www.prismpaging.com left CLICK HERE
E-mail: info@prismpaging.com left arrow CLICK HERE
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Turn-key RF System Products, Engineering & Technical Services

  • Conventional Single Site and Wide Area Simulcast System Configurations
  • Analog Tone & Voice and Digital POCSAG/FLEX™ One-Way Paging Systems
  • ReFLEX™ Two-Way Paging and Conventional LMR Mobile Data Systems
  • System Design, Integration/Interface Specials, Pre-install Staging/Configuration
  • On-Site Installation, Documentation and Technical/Administrative Training
  • RF Coverage Prediction, “Drive Test” Verification & Simulcast Delay Optimization
  • Domestic and International Project Support

Call (217) 653-8200 Fred Pakosta or Jim Neves (660) 341-0304 for your Project Requirements!
E-mail: sales@AdvancedRF.biz
301 Oak St., Suite 2-46A, Quincy, IL 62301

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  • Supplier of Motorola and Unication
    pagers, offering an extensive range of
    UHF and VHF models
  • Repair service on all Motorola pagers
    and two-way radios
  • Motorola's appointed service centre for
    parts, repairs and accessories

Contact us to find out more:
Tel: +44 (0)2380 666 333
e-mail: enquiries@thcomms.co.uk
Web: www.thcomms.co.uk

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Unication USA

Unication’s

Paging

Products

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The Paging Industry expects quality, reliable, and high performance paging products.

We at Unication have listened and delivered.

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M90™ Messenger™—Our newest ReFLEX 2-Way Advanced Messaging solution. Finally the Industry has a true replacement for the Motorola T900 but with more features and improved RF performance.


  • One-Way Pagers
    • Alpha Elite and Alpha Gold—Our top of the line FLEX™ / POCSAG, 4-line alphanumeric pagers with an identical user interface and comparable RF performance to the Motorola Elite and Gold pagers.
    • NP88—Our newest numeric FLEX / POCSAG pager with the best backlight in the Industry.
  • Telemetry
    • We offer RF and decoding solutions.
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About Unication Co., Ltd.

  • A Taiwan company founded in 1992 with extensive experience designing and manufacturing paging and broadband products.
  • An ODM to major telecommunications companies.
  • More than 300 associates worldwide with Engineering Design Centers in Taipei, China and Vancouver, BC.  The engineering team has years of experience in wireless systems, embedded SW, RF design and protocols for infrastructure and pagers.
  • Our Accelerated Life Testing facility ensures the highest quality of products for our customers.
  • ISO 9001 and 14001 Certified
  • Fully licensed by Motorola for product design technology and the FLEX Family of Protocols.
  • Sales and Engineering support office in Arlington, Texas.
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  Contact Information

  Kirk Alland
  Unication USA
  1901 E. Lamar Blvd
  Arlington, TX 76006
  (817) 926-6771
  kirk@unication.com

Unication USA
Hark Technologies

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Wireless Communication Solutions

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ISI-LX Internet Serial Interface with Protocol Conversion

  • Converts Serial TAP message to SNPP, SMTP, or WCTP
  • Pass through Serial Data to TCP/IP and TCP/IP back to Serial
  • Supports Ethernet or PPP Connection to Internet w/Dial Backup
  • Includes 4 Serial Ports for Multiplexing Traffic
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IPG Internet Paging Gateway

  • No Moving Parts Such as Hard Drives or Fans to Fail
  • Supports 10Base-T Network Connection to Internet
  • Accepts HTTP, SMTP, SNPP, and WCTP from Internet
  • Sends TAP or TNPP to Your Paging Terminal
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PageTrack

  • Inexpensive method of automating your paging monitoring
  • Uses standard paging receiver
  • Available in 152-158 POCSAG or 929 FLEX (call for others)
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Omega Unified Messaging Server

  • Full Featured Internet Messaging Gateway
  • TAP Concentrator and TNPP Routing Functions w/TNPP over Internet
  • Serial Protocols Supported: GCP, SMDI, SMS, TAP, TNPP
  • Internet Protocols Supported: AIM, HTTP, SMPP (out only), SMTP, SNPP, and WCTP
  • Full Featured, Easy-to-use Voice/Fax/Numeric Mail Interface
  • One Number For All Your Messaging
  • Optional Hot-swap Hard Drives and Power Supplies Available

Please see our web site for even more products designed specifically for Personal Messaging carriers. For example, the Omega Messaging Gateway and Email Throttling Gateway (anti-spam).

Contact
Hark Technologies
3507 Iron Horse Dr., Bldg 200
Ladson, SC 29456
Tel: 843-285-7200
Fax: 843-285-7220
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